THOUSANDS of viewers tuned in to watch a national TV programme showcasing Brighton’s seafront.

The city was the subject of BBC Sea Cities, which follows people who live and work in a different British port city each week.

Brighton beach, Pride and Punch and Judy were among the city’s cultural gems on show during the one-hour BBC Two programme.

Star chef Michael Bremner also featured in the show, which followed his preparations in getting seafront restaurant Murmur ready to open to the public.

Speaking to The Argus, he said the show was a fair reflection of the city.

He said: “It was very nice to see. It was so hard, you forget all the things you have to do to open a restaurant. It wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve done, as there was a lot of to-ing and fro-ing. It was challenging, lets just say that.

Commenting on the show overall he said: “It represented Brighton in a pretty fair manner. I thought it was good.”

Brighton’s lifeguards also took a leading role.

The programme showed them find a missing child and warning youths on dinghies from playing underneath the West Pier.

Seafront manager Chris Ingall said: “It was good. I think it portrayed the lifeguard service and what we tried to do over the course of a busy weekend pretty well.

“I thought it was informative and nice about the kid with autism overcoming his fear and getting down to the beach.

“We filmed beach cleaning and a lot of work to try and keep it clean and reduce waste, it was shame it didn’t make the cut.”

Following the airing of the show Chris joked: “I had mates taking the mick out of my speed walking and I haven’t jumped the queue in my local Tesco.”

Also featured in the show were 77-year-old turtles at Brighton Sea Life, the Rampion offshore wind farm and the lively Paddle Round the Pier event.

You can watch the show if you missed it by visiting BBC iPlayer.